Simone has been a WEN member for five years and is a co-organizer of WEN’s Green Reads book club. She currently works on climate change research at the California Energy Commission (CEC). Prior to the CEC, Simone worked on international energy/air quality projects, most recently with biomass cook stoves. Simone has Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Natural Resources and Environment from University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. WEN would like thank Simone for her continued membership and for making the WEN Green Reads program a big success!
How long have you been a WEN member?
I joined the Women’s Environmental Network when I moved to the Bay Area five years ago, but became more active last year when I was looking to network. I joined the East Bay Green Reads program (WEN’s book club) and became a co-leader of the book club.
What do you like best about being part of WEN?
Being a part of WEN is a great way to meet like-minded people which is certainly useful for networking, but beyond that I’ve made some great friends through the book club.
Tell us more about yourself.
I grew up in the Boston area and gradually moved down the east coast to Philly and DC. I headed west to Michigan for grad school and continued my westward trek post-grad school to the Bay Area. I’ve been interested in the environment ever since I was a kid growing up hiking and camping. I was lucky enough to get a job at the EPA working on climate change after college and have continued working on climate change initiatives ever since.
What are some of your other activities?
I love spending time in the outdoors! I’m also devoted to Ashtanga yoga.
What environmental issues are of most concern to you?
I’ve spent my career working on climate change and it’s definitely what worries me most.